A Recovery Blog

This blog is about my continuing recovery from severe mental illness. I celebrate this recovery by continuing to write, by sharing my music and artwork and by exploring Buddhist ideas and concepts. I claim that the yin/yang symbol is representative of all of us because I have found that even in the midst of acute psychosis there is still sense, method and even a kind of balance. We are more resilient than we think. We can cross beyond the edge of the sane world and return to tell the tale. A deeper kind of balance takes hold when we get honest, when we reach out for help, when we tell our stories.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Poem - "Rise Up"

Rise Up

Rise up like the sun
On the dark days,
On the light days,
On days when the ice is dripping,
On days when the sun makes the sand
Burn your feet
As you run towards the water.

Rise up when people are scolding you,
Misleading you to judge yourself
Without kindness.
Rise up and unclench your fists,
Show the peace of an open hand
An offering of friendship
To the strangers who open their mouths
And utter words of recovery.

Rise up like a plant, like a tree,
Like a wave, like the wind,
Like all the other naked apes
On this world
Who rolled on the floor as infants
Determined to crawl.

You are no cold blooded snake
Wedded to the ground,
But now a man or a woman
Standing upright to face the day,
To face the night.

Walk in beauty.

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